I used one of the free paper paper/pattern tutorials you can grab at the craft stores to make this tote. THis came from Hobby Lobby and seemed like an easy project for an absolute beginner like myself. I'm happy to say it was really easy. Plus, the tote is sturdy and holds an amazing amount of stuff. This is a great bonus with two kids who still like to put their things in my bag. My girls have already requested their own bags and picked out their materials. Hello Kitty for Miss B and a funky flower pattern with a lot of turquoise for Miss O. She actually wants hers more like a messenger bag for the upcoming school year.